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Apple iOS 10 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

Apple released iOS 9 to the public alongside new iPhones last autumn, and since then it’s rolled up multiple updates, but now we’re looking ahead to see what the next major version of Apple’s mobile operating system will include. We’ve rounded up all the speculation, rumours, leaks, patents, and general information about when the software will release and just everything you need to know, basically. We also plan to continually update this piece as more details comes to light. In the meantime, let us know in the comments what you’d like to see from iOS 10 – like a feature wish list of sorts.

iOS 10: When should it release?

Apple first unveiled iOS 9 at WWDC 2015 last summer and then released it months later in September. It included transmit maps for Apple Maps, a News app, a Proactive assistant, and more. Later updates added Night Shift mode, Touch ID protection for Notes, and a number of new 3D Touch shortcuts, which would normally be included in a major update to iOS.

If Apple sticks to its typical release cycle, as it has done for years, we can expect the company to unveil iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 this summer (on 13 June), followed by a release next autumn. Apple tends to unveil the software about three months before releasing it for consumers, because it wants to give developers a chance to understand the update, improve their apps. Check out Pocket-lint’s WWDC 2016 round-up1 for more information about the annual developer conference and how to watch the live-stream.

iOS 10: What might it feature?

The rumour mill doesn’t know too much about iOS 10, but there are a few interesting nuggets it’s managed to churn out in recent months. Keep in mind none of this information has been confirmed by Apple.

Delete stock apps

Apple’s iPhone and iPad come pre-loaded with Apple-developed apps, such as Compass and Stocks, but unfortunately, you’re unable to remove these apps. Unlike third-party apps, which you can long-press on the home screen until they vibrate and become removable, stock iOS apps are permanent and can only be stowed in folders should you want to declutter your screen. All that could soon change, according to App Advice2, which recently spotted new keys in iTunes metadata that suggested some stock apps might be removable one day. The keys are found on every app in the App Store and appear as “isFirstParty” and “isFirstPartyHideableApp”. They are now set to false but could be turned on during WWDC 2016.

It’s worth noting Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, told Buzzfeed News3 last autumn that Apple is considering letting consumers remove stock apps

Rootless security system

Redmond Pie4 has claimed iOS 10 will be difficult to jailbreak due to a new security system that Apple is working on called Rootless. The system is meant to stop administrator-level users from gaining access to certain file systems on an iPhone and iPad. Apple has been fixing holes in iOS for years – holed that jailbreakers use to gain access to parts of the system. Apple’s Rootless technology would make it harder for jailbreakers to exploit iOS. But Redmond Pie has said it doesn’t know if Rootless will make an appearance in the next major software update.

HomeKit hub

HomeKit is Apple s framework for home automation. Manufacturers can implement HomeKit into their smart accessories. It was first announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2014. The name is a combination of home for home automation and kit for software developer kit (SDK). HomeKit-enabled accessories are secure, easy to control (commanded by a single interface: Siri), and work with Apple s iPhone and iPad.

The idea is you ll use a HomeKit-compatible app to set up your home and all the rooms with accessories, and then you ll set up actions and triggers to control those accessories. If you d like to know more about HomeKit, Pocket-lint has explained everything you need to know here. But the key thing to remember is we’re still waiting for an accompanying iOS app. If you do own a HomeKit-compatible device, you re able to control it via Siri in iOS 9. But many critics and reports, including this one by MacWorld5, seems to think Apple will unveil a HomeKit app in iOS 10, most likely called Home. It will act as a central hub. It’ll be sort of like the Health app in fact, but for HomeKit devices rather than your diet and fitness data.

iCloud Voicemail

According to Business Insider6, Apple is internal testing of a new Siri feature that will allow the virtual assistant to talk to your callers and transcribe voicemail messages into text. The feature is called iCloud Voicemail and could replace standard voicemail, meaning you’ll be able toquickly glance at and read voicemail messages instead of listening to them. The feature might launch this year, possibly within iOS 10.

Contact availability

A recent patent7 revealed Apple has worked a new feature that would allow you to view whether your contacts are available to talk. It detects where your friends are, whether they’re available on their iPhone, and displays that information in the Contacts app. We assume both parties would have to enable this feature to work – much like the Find My Friends app.

The abstract of the patent explained how the feature would work:

“A command is received at an operating system of a first mobile phone for displaying contact information of a remote user having a mobile phone number of a second mobile phone. In response to the command, a request is transmitted to a remote server from the first mobile phone over a cellular network requesting an operating status of the second mobile phone. The operating status of the second mobile phone is received from the remote server over the cellular network. The operating status of the second mobile phone is displayed on a display of the first mobile phone as a part of contact information of the remote user associated with the second mobile phone, where the operating status includes current locality of the second mobile phone.”

Photos app

Apple is reportedly working on enhancing the Photos app in both iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, according to Japanese site Mac Otakara8. The apps will be updated with new features to put them on par with the now-discontinued iPhoto 2.0.1 for iOS and iPhoto 9.6.1 for Mac.

Mac Otakara said iPhoto 2.0.1 had tools for editing EXIF information and touch-based brushes for adjusting brightness and other parameters. Similar editing tools could be added to the iOS version of Photos.

iOS 10: Which devices will be compatible?

Unlike iOS 9, which didn’t exclude any old iOS devices in terms of compatibility, some reports9 seem to think iOS 10 will demand more RAM from devices (512 RAM), and could therefore not work with the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Anything newer should be compatible.

iOS 10: Want to know more?

Stay tuned to Pocket-lint’s iOS 10 hub10 for the latest news and analysis.

References

  1. ^ WWDC 2016 round-up (www.pocket-lint.com)
  2. ^ App Advice (www.pocket-lint.com)
  3. ^ Buzzfeed News (www.buzzfeed.com)
  4. ^ Redmond Pie (www.redmondpie.com)
  5. ^ this one by MacWorld (www.macworld.co.uk)
  6. ^ Business Insider (uk.businessinsider.com)
  7. ^ A recent patent (patft.uspto.gov)
  8. ^ Japanese site Mac Otakara (www.macotakara.jp)
  9. ^ reports (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ Pocket-lint’s iOS 10 hub (www.pocket-lint.com)

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